|Sideburn - 'Jail' (Metal Heaven)|
|Written by Ross Welford|
|Friday, 18 February 2011 05:30|
Maybe it's a Swiss joke but Sideburn is a shit name, isn't it? It makes me think of stoned out hippies and the 70's and this is definitely not what this great band are about. The good thing for you lucky Uber readers is that this is the only bad thing I've got to say about this rocktastic release.
Born out of the ashes of the metal band Genocide, this album continues the 'rebaptism' of the new bands' love of Aussie rock but it's definitely more than just AC/DC by numbers (someone else has got that sewn up..........)
Starting off in fine form with 'Live To Rock' and 'Devil And Angel' you would be forgiven for thinking that they're just going to roll out some Brian Johnson type B-sides and be happy but this album is much more than that. Lead singer Roland Pierrehumbert has a voice that is obviously influenced by the once Geordie frontman but he also manages to conjure up Stephen Pearcy and Dee Snider at their best - 'Kiss Of Death' is the best RATT song they've never written.
Sideburn have got the multi-platinum producer Beau Hill at the helm and he certainly has done a great job with this collection of great hard rock, no bullshit songs. Not one song is a duffer, even the ZZ Top homage 'Long Beard And Boogie' is done with such class that, although the tempo is out of synch with the rest of the album, just seems to fit in with the pure rock running all the way through this disc. Tenth track 'Good Boy' must have been written after a monster session of listening to Twisted Sister's 'Stay Hungry' album - and that's no bad thing in my eyes.
Sideburn have already supported Def Leppard, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy and Meat Loaf and hearing this album makes you realise that they really are worthy of gracing the same stages as those aforementioned masters. If they manage to grace any festival this summer, check 'em out. I'd be amazed if they let you down.
Connoisseurs of rock rejoice. Old skool loud and proud and definitely worthy of your money.